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A new report from Dr Meriel Watts gives farmers, home gardeners and councils plenty of alternatives to glyphosate for weed management.

There are many synthetic chemical herbicides on the market, but they all have a range of adverse health and environmental effects. There are some herbicides derived from natural plant extracts that can kill or suppress weeds, such as extracts from pine oil and coconut oil. But care must be taken to ensure that formulations do not include toxic surfactants, solvents or other inert or adjuvant ingredients. The report presents alternatives to synthetic chemical herbicides and their elements.

The report can be downloaded from the Pesticide Action Network Asia Pacific (PANAP) website here http://panap.net/2017/08/alternatives-synthetic-chemical-herbicides/

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Dr Meriel Watts – public talk on pesticides, health and the environment澳门网上娱网站在线注册

Dr Meriel Watts spoke at a public meeting in Whangarei, New Zealand on the 4th of July. The talk covered pesticides, health and the environment: what’s happening globally, but not in New Zealand.

A recording of the talk is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4BOa_YZNIo.

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Comprehensive New Review of Monsanto’s Glyphosate Underscores Urgent Need for Global Action澳门网上娱网站ios网址

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Adverse human impacts detailed in the review include acute poisoning, kidney and liver damage, imbalances in the intestinal microbiome and intestinal functioning, cancer, genotoxicity, endocrine disruption, reproductive and developmental reduction, neurological damage, and immune system dysfunction.

Aggressive public relations and marketing by glyphosate’s developer, Monsanto, has resulted in the widespread perception that the chemical is ‘safe’. Registration processes continue to allow its use without raising concerns about its safety even as new data identifying adverse effects emerge.

This review dispels this myth of ‘safety’ and highlights the urgent need to re-examine the authorization of products containing glyphosate. A full chemical profile is presented, along with the regulatory status of products containing glyphosate in many countries and information on viable alternatives.
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The 2015 classification by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen resulted in widespread concern about its continued use, especially pre-harvest and in public places.

As a result, national bans and restrictions, and voluntary action by local authorities and retailers to curb use are rising dramatically. Sri Lanka was the first country to ban it completely, although the ban has recently been relaxed to allow use in tea plantations; Italy has banned pre-harvest use, and all use in public places and those frequented by children and the elderly; France is phasing out the use of pesticides in towns and public areas; and the European Union has extended approval for glyphosate for only 18 months instead of the usual 15 years. The research and evidence detailed in the review released today provides valuable scientific evidence for all communities wanting to follow these leads.

Environmental impacts detailed in the monograph are no less concerning, and include adverse effects on ecosystem functioning, pollination services, biological controls, soil fertility and crop health. Residues are widespread in the environment, including in rainwater, surface and ground waters, and the marine environment. Glyphosate can persist in some soils for up to 3 years; and there is some evidence of bioaccumulation.

Resistance to glyphosate is now recorded in 35 weed species and in 27 countries, mostly caused by the repeated use of glyphosate in GE crops, no-till agriculture, and amenity use.澳门网上娱网站官方娱乐
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The full Monograph review can be accessed here  glyphosate-monograph
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